|About the Book|
David Stuart Ryan returns to 1967 for a novel that conjures up the atmosphere of those times in his own unique way.As the author of the bestselling John Lennon’s Secret this is very much familiar territory for him. Indeed as part of his research forMoreDavid Stuart Ryan returns to 1967 for a novel that conjures up the atmosphere of those times in his own unique way.As the author of the bestselling John Lennon’s Secret this is very much familiar territory for him. Indeed as part of his research for this book he discovered that the Beatles had been recording in the basement of the ad agency where he worked.He is able to recreate the heady atmosphere of those times with remarkable precision and color, this is really how it was as a great creative explosion set the scene for the emergent musical revolution that followed and remains with uThe Rolling Stones drug bust set the tone early for the extraordinary year that 1967 would prove to be.The first worldwide broadcast of a pop song with ‘All You Need Is Love brought hope.The Monterey Festival in California was a triumph.The women had never been so willing, the countryside never more beautiful, as the summer of love exploded in all its glorious profusion.As you embark on your roller coaster ride, you may well wonder where you are going to end up.But then so did the rest of the country and the world as 1967 brought reminders of a distant Merrie England that everyone had thought long buried.Yet here it was bursting back into life.Could it get any weirder or wilder? Along comes the Pink Floyd with eerie presentiments of the Space Age.Hold onto your seats and make sure you are firmly strapped in. The journey has begun, The piper is at the gates of dawn.But there would inevitably be casualties along the way.Here is a novel to make you taste, feel, see and experience how it was in the heady days of 1967.And there is a lot of rocknroll. It is the soundtrack to the year in a way that permeated every crevice, music was everywhere, and it was influential in a way that was all embracing, there was no getting away from the revolution being fermented.In the background rumble the sounds of war, of the draft, of ugly realities that could be denied but not necessarily escaped.The book takes you through each kaleidoscopic month of the year, encountering a host of dazzling characters, especially the women who regularly cross Paul Danes path, and who invariably give as good as they get.There are the athletic but curious girls from Chicago who are swept away by the raunchy music of the Stones recreating the blues of the Mississippi Delta with a fresh sensuality that carries all before them.And it is Jaggers music which persuades Janet, shortly to be married, to spend the night together with Paul Dane so he can instruct her in the ways of the bedroom.Tineka, a Dutch girl, working as an au pair right next to where John Lennon resides, is invited to a London party where she leaves her virginity behind.By the time the golden summer of 1967 arrives the scene has switched to the holiday island of Jersey. Estelle, an art student, finds herself singing about a girl leaving home, it is from the new Beatles record, Sergeant Pepper, as she walks along the coast road with Paul.She seeks love and understanding, but that she discovers is hard to find with police torchlights playing over her naked form.For Julia from Florida it is a chance to dip her toe in the waters of a London scene that flows so fast it is difficult to even know what precisely she is experiencing in the shadowed recesses of The Roundhouse and the house where there has been a suicide in the last week.